The kingdom of heaven lies within. Yet often when I ask my students if they meditate, a vague uneasiness passes between us before they say, “I tried but it didn’t really work for me.” It is almost as if meditation is relegated to a mysterious and sacred realm from which they are excluded. And feelings arise, ranging from embarrassment to disempowerment.
Meditation seems very serious and unattainable. But it is not. It is simple and it is your birth right to access the realms of bliss, directly from within.
Yes, it is a heroic journey to enter your golden temple within. There are hurdles, and twists and turns on the path. But do not be discouraged! Meditation is for everyone, not just monks sitting on mountaintops. Oh no…
Key 1: COMPASSION FOR YOUR FEAR
The problem with the perception of meditation is that we are looking for ‘something’ to happen when actually it is about nothing happening. It is an absence rather than a presence.
Whereas society’s message is to be something, to make something, to do something, to create something, to get out there, to achieve! – meditation’s message is to sit still, to be silent, to witness, to stop all doing and enjoy your inner being.
It almost feels weird to stop activity and have space. And if you do manage to finally create space it can be frightening. Yes, the emptiness of meditation can be frightening. A kaleidoscope of emotions can arise. Sometimes the aloneness can be perceived as loneliness. When you make this space anything suppressed can surface. So in that gap, what arises?….. Ghosts.
So the first key is to acknowledge and have compassion for your fear.
When you make friends with your ghosts then you have to negotiate with your mind’s saboteur. When meditating, the thought may arise, “I am not doing it right because magically something is supposed to happen, I am supposed to feel bliss and nothing is happening.”
This is the beauty of meditation. You are on the first step! Hooray, NOTHING is happening. Is that not a miracle?
Modern life is hyper-stimulated. There is a quantum shift in the amount of communications we are all processing compared to even 25 years ago. The use of mobile phones and the internet keeps us all connected in a way that has been unprecedented. This external occurrence parallels what is happening on the spiritual inner planes: a massive network of freely available, liberating, enlightening energy which is contributing to a significant global shift in consciousness.
The divine paradox is breathtaking to behold. While people are feeling overwhelmed in the frenetic pace of overloaded lives, this has created a desperate need to meditate, to come to a still point, to find their inner silence. Without the stress and pressure, people would probably ignore meditation as a luxury. To simply cope with daily life, it is becoming a necessity.
Each day we are all faced with the choice: ‘to be or not to be’ – on the end of a phone, responding to an email or interacting on Facebook. At some point you decide, ‘I have to jump off the wheel of manic activity’.
The universe is miraculous in that it creates so many more opportunities for us to imbibe light and also all these opportunities create the thirst for stillness! The universe in its great wisdom is so divinely perfect. Life is forcing us to the point we choose to go within to find our sanity or we descend into chaos. No fence-sitting here!
And to me this is the crux of the gift of last year’s 2012 phenomenon. The lines have been drawn. If you operate from the old, fear-based paradigm you hit walls and are blocked; you experience pain and suffering. If you let go into the new energies you are rewarded: things become easier, synchronicities abound. You see the miraculous in the ordinary when you operate from within.
I stopped blogging for a year now, because my soul wanted to be still. My soul wanted to be with nature, and connected to my inner silence. I didn’t want to add to the email overwhelm I was observing escalating at an unprecedented pace. I needed to step back. I needed to be with the silence and respect the energy as it was authentically flowing – or not flowing in this case!
Having rested I can feel the energy is beginning to start again and existence is suggesting themes for sharing… so we begin again…
Next time –
Key 2: FOCUS or WITNESSING FROM THE CENTER OF YOUR CYLONE
…. VISION-VOYAGES NEWS ….
31st May – 2nd June we have a spot left on the Ancestral Healing weekend for having your family constellation placed. The next Ancestral Healing weekend after that one is 13-15th September. You are always welcome to join in the energy as a representative, even if your constellation can’t be placed.
16th of June kicks off the next Colour Athenaeum! We will be working with the Earth Band over 11 weeks.
Shamanic Practitioner Apprenticeship 2 Year Program aka ‘SPA’
Summer Solstice weekend we begin the next two year Shamanic circle. The energy of this circle has been building and building. What a lovely gathering of souls thus far. If you haven’t sent your application in yet or wish to discuss if this is a path for you, it is the time to get in touch now!
(Here are some of this year’s SPA graduates who completed their training in February.)
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With Joy and Juice!